Cinema Design for an Assisted Living Facility
Ben Daniels is the owner of The Willows of Marshalltown, an assisted living and memory care facility in Iowa that accommodates 60 residents.
He’s an AV enthusiast, and had attended the grand opening of The Savoy home theater (an AVS Forum Home Theater of the Month), where Acoustic Frontiers had delivered a presentation on our home theater design process and results.
Ben approached us prior to construction, with a location earmarked on a set of architectural drawings called ‘Training’.
He wanted to create a dedicated cinema space that the residents could enjoy, as well as a space that would work to deliver employee training sessions.
Acoustic Frontiers Cinema Design Solutions
The scope of work was initially limited to a 4 hour cinema design review to determine the financial feasibility of including a small cinema in the development plan for the facility.
The design review included development of a budget and review of cinema layout drawings that Ben had put together.
Following on from the design review, Ben decided to have Acoustic Frontiers deliver our CORE cinema design package, comprised of:
- Cinema layout
- Sub number / placement optimization
- AV equipment engineering
- Acoustic treatment design
In addition we provided conceptual sound isolation and low voltage cabling design services.
One of the more unique aspects of this cinema design project was that the acoustic treatment design needed to support the use of a commercial drop ceiling. These are often comprised of simple absorptive tiles, which don’t work great in terms of delivering great sound quality. Our design incorporated a chequerboard mix of absorptive and non-absorptive ceiling tiles in addition to diffusers.
For more, please check out the virtual tour at The Willows of Marshalltown website!
The cinema installation was performed by a local company, High Impact AV. In terms of equipment, the speaker system utilized JTR speakers and the projection system combined a Seymour AV acoustically transparent projection screen with a 6000 lumen Vivitek laser projector.